The aim and purpose of the Kindred shall be the preservation of the spirit and tradition of those early Pilgrims from beyond the sea, whose sturdy strength and fearless integrity lie at the basis of our nation’s greatness; the especial honoring of that man and wife among them from whom we directly trace descent; the proper preservation of the Alden House in Duxbury and of the family heirlooms; the publication of its better achievements; the publication of an Alden Genealogy and such other histories and books as shall make suitable records for public archives; the establishment of some fitting memorials of its founders, John and Priscilla (Mullins) Alden; and lastly the fostering among the Kindred descendants of the revered Pilgrims of a spirit of helpfulness and comradeship and an honorable pride in the source of their common generation. (Constitution of The Alden Kindred of America, Inc., Section 2) Alden Kindred Constitution and Bylaws


The increasing interest in colonial history and genealogy in the 1890s that lead to the establishment of the Mayflower Descendant societies also inspired the founding of the Alden Kindred. Miss A. Ella Alden of Middleboro conducted a correspondence campaign with as many Alden’s as she could identify, urging them to attend a family reunion on September 11, 1901. About 150 people were at that first gathering in Highland Park in Avon, Massachusetts, when the decision was made to create a permanent organization, the Alden Kindred of America. The second reunion in 1902 was at the Alden house in Duxbury at the invitation of the homes steward John Winsor Alden. In 1905, the Alden Kindred began a discussion about acquiring the property, which at that time consisted of about 2.7 acres, and in 1907 purchased the house.

In the decades since the Alden Kindred took ownership of the house, it has truly been a work in progress. Thanks to the hard work and dedication put forth by members of the Alden Kindred, we have conducted a great deal of research to better understand the Alden story, and continue to conduct the important work of preserving the home for future generations of Americans. For more information on the Alden Kindred of America click here.


Members of the Alden Kindred represent a wide cross section of the American landscape. Since 1907 we have connected thousands of cousins with their Alden heritage. Alden descendants continue to touch every aspect of American life making it the true American story, and we are always searching for new cousins.